The Villa Le Priotlet is dramatically situated on the banks of the Dordogne River — just 15 minutes east of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Saint-Emilion, which has been producing some of the world’s best wine since Roman times. This family home has been lovingly restored and furnished, and is ideal for couples, or a small group of family or friends, to kick back, relax, and enjoy the peaceful views and gentle countryside. Once you feel refreshed and ready for a little exploration, head off to a good meal, tour local antiquities, or discover your new favorite bottle at the world-famous vineyards of the region. The villa has 4 bedrooms and 3-1/2 bathrooms, and comfortably sleeps 8 people.
Just outside of the tidy village of Flaujagues, a little lane cuts through Bordeaux vineyards. Head down it and through the sun-dappled vines and trees and soon you’ll find yourself at Villa Le Priotlet. The Villa has been recently renovated to a very high standard with many authentic details such as thick stone walls, exposed brick and beams, providing guests with rustic charm and a character that invites you to do nothing but relax and indulge (only not necessarily in that order).
Common areas: The home’s warm and inviting common areas will be appreciated by all guests, where you’ll enjoy fireside dining at the rectangular country-style table for six in the kitchen and dining room. More formal seating for four is available at a round table in the adjacent salon for card games or a small family meal.
The salon is a light-filled, open area with high ceilings and an impressive beam that spans the width of the room. A sofa and two club chairs next to a wood-burning stove form a convivial space to relax after dinner. A cozy den at the end of the hall can be used as a TV room, second sitting room or office.
The terrace that overlooks the Dordogne River is the ideal spot for a glass of wine! This picturesque area has a wrought-iron table with chairs for six and is partially shaded by a large tree. From here, you can watch the sun rise, enjoy a leisurely breakfast, linger over a lazy lunch, sip an apéritif as the sun sets or dine under the stars. Guests also have direct access to the river via a wide, sturdy staircase that is secured by a locked gate. A canoe and paddles are available for guests’ use, and additional canoes can be rented from the neighboring village of Pessac.
A shed just inside the gate houses the canoe and paddles, two bikes for riding along the river, and an indoor/outdoor ping-pong table.
4 Bedrooms and 3-1/2 baths: On the upper floor is a master suite with a king bed, TV with satellite reception (including hundreds of English-language channels), river view, and ensuite bath and toilet. There are two good-sized bedrooms on the main floor, located around the corner from the salon. The first bedroom has exposed beams, a queen-sized bed and a window overlooking the garden. The second bedroom is slightly larger, has a king-sized bed (which can be divided into twins) and French doors which open onto the garden. Both bedrooms share a large bath and toilet at the end of the hall. There is also an additional toilet on the main floor. The fourth bedroom, located on the upper level, has a queen bed, glorious vineyard views, and ensuite bath.
Amenities: Well-equipped kitchen includes large refrigerator, gas range and oven, dishwasher, microwave, toaster over, coffeemaker, teakettle. Wifi throughout. All linens and bath towels provided. Housekeeping included at end of stay. Private chef service for some or all of your meals during your stay may be arranged at extra cost.
Activities: The quiet riverside village of Flaujagues is just a few minutes on foot, with a restaurant, café, bakery, small grocery store and post office. An annual flea market and many special events take place in the village, including a special Christmas market. Or you can head to the world-famous vineyards of the region and prepare to discover your new favorite bottle; the region is rich in wine and history, with dozens of medieval chateaux and thousand-year old churches dotting the hillsides. The lively town of Castillon-la-Bataille, with twice-weekly markets and larger stores, is only a ten-minute drive away. Restaurants, ranging from the hearty to the high-end, also abound in the area, with a nice mix of family-run establishments serving traditional fare and newer chefs putting a modern spin on French cuisine.
Travel: Whether arriving in Bordeaux by air or train, you are less than an hour away from the Villa. If flying into Paris, guests can take the TGV (intercity high-speed rail service) from Paris to Libourne, rent a car there, and drive the 30 minutes to the Villa.
Availability: Available in 2017, prior to May 15th and after September 15th, by arrangement with donor. Winning bidder encouraged to contact donor as soon as possible to reserve the desired week. (Note: This is a non-smoking property.)
Market value: $3,800
Opening Bid: $1,700